Anthony Vannoy Taylor

Anthony Vannoy TaylorAnthony Vannoy Taylor, 74, passed away on Nov. 6, 2013, of natural causes while surrounded by loved ones.

Services will be held tomorrow, Nov. 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the Bakersfield National Cemetery.

Son of Anthony V. Taylor and Lauless P. Jones, Anthony was born on July 11, 1939, in Floydada, Texas. He spent his youth working on a farm until he completed high school.

Post high school, Anthony wanted to serve his country and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he became a radioman. He served in multiple duty stations and was very proud of his service time especially when serving at sea on USS Kearsarge, USS Yorktown, USS Rogers and USS Buck.

While stationed in the Philippines, Anthony met his beloved wife, Pura (Purita). They married in 1968 and started a family.

In 1975, the family was transferred to the Naval Air Facility at China Lake. After 20 years of dedication, Anthony retired from active duty in 1977 with nine service medals and extensive experience in the communications field. From 1977 to 1988 he served in the Fleet Reserve.

Anthony was passionate about being a strong provider to his family. In 1983 he graduated from Cerro Coso Community College with an associate’s degree in liberal arts. He was employed by Kerr-McGee Chemical Co. from 1984-1987. In 1987 he supported the Weapons Department at China Lake as a clerk, advancing to security specialist. He retired in 1997.

Devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Anthony is survived by his wife Pura; daughters Sandra Workmon and Celey Gaskill; sons Rocky Stevens and Stephen Dolack; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Submitted by the family of Anthony Taylor

Story First Published: 2013-11-13